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Ioana Păun (ROU): Pick the color of my tears

20.06.2021 to 21.06.2021 - frei_raum Q21 exhibition space
Host: Q21

Ioana Păun (ROU): Pick the color of my tears


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mo, 21.06.2021
17h - 21h
sun, 20.06.2021
17h - 21h

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Date: Sun, Jun 20 & Mon, Jun 21, from 5pm, every 20 min.

The participation is free of charge and has limited capacity, so we kindly advise you to book your place as soon as possible.

The 3G rule applies - only tested, recovered or vaccinated persons are allowed to enter.

"Pick the color of my tears" gives each participant private access to the live performance of crying. An actress is hired to authentically cry, over and over again, embodying a different trigger each time. The viewer gets to customize her tears, according to their own desires and limits. Throughout the performance the spectator stays invisible and anonymous.
We staged this private show of tears to discover a range of human responses to the display of weakness. The incredible distance or closeness between spectator and performer is just a matter of synchronization of roles. Crying can ultimately materialize only in the presence of a voyeur, be it internal or external.
Pick the color of my tears is the first in a series of post-pandemic anti-romantic reflections and is the result of Ioana Păun’s residence at Q21, supported by, ERSTE Foundation and the Romanian Cultural Institute.

Performed by Bianca Pintea, Conceived by Ioana Păun

Ioana Păun is a theatre director whose work explores the ways humans behave in ferocious political, economic and health circumstances. Her work was present in institutions such as Le Phénix Scène Nationale, Theâtre les Tanneurs, Theatre Royal Stratford East, National Museum of Mexican Art, Ashtar Theatre Palestine, Schauspielhaus Wien, Onassio Centre Athens, MNAC Bucharest. 2021 marks her debut in film.

Bianca Pintea is an actress from Romania, although she doesn’t like to define herself. She has two bachelor degrees in acting and she is trained in Perdekamp Emotional Method. After all the different acting methods she used in her performances, she decided to create her own Experimental Acting Laboratory in Romania. She is continuously seeking authenticity in ways of expression. She moved in Vienna one year ago, wishing to discover new forms of art and artists.

frei_raum Q21 exhibition space

opening hours

tue-sun:13-16h, 16.30-20h

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